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Foreign entry requirements USA
June 2007
Please refer to this link for current information. http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/brochures/brochures_1229.html Note, often a Travel Agent can find more better explained information, IF they are honest, my guess is about 90 percent lie or misrepresent. Foreign entry requirements USA
This listing is for U.S. citizens traveling on tourism/business and does not apply to persons planning to emigrate to foreign countries. Persons traveling on official business for the U.S. Government should obtain visa information from the agency sponsoring their travel. For purposes of this publication, a visa is an endorsement or stamp placed by officials of a foreign country on a U.S. passport that allows the bearer to visit that foreign country. Note: Wherever you see the words “photo(s) required” in this publication, it generally means that you will need to submit passport-size (2"x2") photographs. IMPORTANT: THIS LISTING IS PREPARED FROM INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM FOREIGN EMBASSIES.THIS INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. CHECK ENTRY REQUIREMENTS WITH THE CONSULAR OFFICIALS OF THE COUNTRIES TO BE VISITED WELL IN ADVANCE. PASSPORTS: U.S. citizens who travel to a country where a valid U.S. passport is not required will need documentary evidence of their U.S. citizenship and identity. Proof of U.S. citizenship includes an expired U.S. passport or an original birth certificate. A certified copy of the birth certificate is also acceptable, but it must have the registrar’s signature and a raised, impressed, embossed, or multicolored seal. If you were born abroad, a Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, or Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States will suffice. To prove identity, a valid driver’s license or government identification card are acceptable provided they identify you by physical description or photograph. However, for travel overseas and to facilitate reentry into the U.S., a valid U.S. passport is the best documentation available and unquestionably proves your U.S. citizenship. Before you send your passport through the mail to apply for a visa, sign it in ink, and write in pencil your current address and daytime telephone number in the space provided. This will help the U.S. Postal Service return it to you should it become separated from the envelope during processing. Some countries require that your U.S. passport be valid at least 6 months or longer beyond the dates of your trip. If your passport expires before the required validity, you will have to apply for a new one. Please check with the Embassy or nearest Consulate of the country that you plan to visit for their requirements. Some Middle Eastern or African countries will not issue visas or allow entry if your passport indicates travel to Israel. Consult the National Passport Information Center, telephone1-877-4USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778 or TDD/ TTY: 1-888-874-7793) orhttp://www.travel.state.gov/passport/index.html for guidance if this applies to you. On effective dates below, all travelers to or from the Americas, the Caribbean and Bermuda will be required to have a passport or other document that establishes the bearer’s identity and nationality to enter or re-enter the United States. Effective January 23, 2007, all U.S. citizens traveling by air to and fromBermuda and the Caribbeanare required to have a valid passport to enter the United States. As early as January 1, 2008, U.S. citizens traveling between the United StatesandBermuda/Caribbeanby land or sea (including ferries), may be required to present a valid U.S. passport or other documents as determined by the Department of Homeland Security. Ample advance notice will be provided to enable the public to obtain passports or passport cards for land/sea entries. American citizen travelers are encouraged to apply for a U.S. passport, or the passport card when it becomes available, well in advance of anticipated travel. American citizens can visittravel.state.gov or call 1-877-4USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778) for information on applying for a passport. VISAS: If a visa is required, obtain it from the appropriate foreign consular representative before proceeding abroad. Allow sufficient time for processing your visa application, especially if you are applying by mail. Most foreign consular representatives are located in principal cities, and in many instances, a traveler may be required to obtain visas from the consular office in the area of his/her residence. IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE TRAVELER TO OBTAIN VISAS, WHERE REQUIRED, FROM THE APPROPRIATE EMBASSY OR NEAREST CONSULATE OF THE COUNTRY YOU ARE PLANNING TO VISIT. As soon as you receive your visa, check it to make sure no mistakes were made. Processing and visa fees vary, and most fees may not be refundable. For specific details, consult the Embassy or Consulate of the country you plan to visit. IMMUNIZATIONS: Under the International Health Regulations adopted by the World Health Organization, a country may require International Certificates of Vaccination against yellow fever, especially if you are traveling from an area of the world that is infected with yellow fever. Prophylactic medication for malaria and certain other preventive measures are advisable for travel to some countries. No immunizations are required to return to the United States. Detailed health information may be obtained from your local healthcare provider or by contacting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, telephone 1-877- 394-8747 or Internet:www.cdc.gov. HIV/HIV TESTING: An increasing number of countries have established regulations regarding HIV testing, particularly for long-term visitors. Although many are listed here, check with the Embassy or Consulate of the country that you plan to visit to verify if this is a requirement for entry. ADDITIONAL FEES: All international flights are subject to U.S. Immigration and U.S. Customs fees paid in advance as part of your ticket. In addition, many countries have departure fees that are sometimes collected at the time of ticket purchase or upon exiting the foreign country. Department of State Publication 11296
Bureau of Consular Affairs
December 2005 AFGHANISTAN- *Passport and visa required. Visa requires one application form, one passport-sized photo attached to application form, a passports with minimum of six months validity, an invitation letter from employer or sponsor, and proof of sufficient funds. Visa fee processed in 2 weeks $50, three days $70, and 24 hrs $100; must be paid with money order or cashier’s check. For specific requirements, consult the Embassy of Afghanistan located at 2341 Wyoming Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008, (202- 483-6410). Internet:www.embassyofafghanistan.org ALBANIA - * A passport is required. All travelers entering or exiting Albania must have six months or more validity on their passport. Customs officers strictly enforce this law. A traveler does not have to obtain a visa prior to entering Albania. An entry card will be issued at the point of entry that is valid for a stay of up to 30 days for a fee of ten Euros, or the equivalent in any easily convertible currency, including U.S. dollars. An extension of up to 60 days (90 days total) may be obtained by applying at the local police station. For stays exceeding 90 days, those interested must apply for a Residency Permit at the police station with jurisdiction over the city of residence. Information on how to apply for a residency permit is available on the U.S. Embassy web site at http://www.usemb-tirana.rpo.at. There is also a departure fee of ten Euros, or the equivalent in any easily convertible currency, including U.S. dollars. For additional information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Albania at 2100 S St., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/223-4942) or the nearest Honorary Consuls: CT (203/422-0932), GA (404/285-5526), FL (251/548-4740), LA (504/596-4229), MI (248/851-7310), NC (910/692-8471),OH (800/966-7328 ext. 125),or TX (281/345-9599). ALGERIA - *Passport and visa required. Obtain visa prior to arrival. Tourists must submit an itinerary of their airline travel and a confirmed hotel reservation in Algeria. Visa applications must be typed. Handwritten visa applications will not be accepted. Visa required for stays up to 90 days. Provide 2 application forms, 2 photos (glued or stapled to application forms), and a non-refundable $100 fee (money order or certified check). Tourist visas require an itinerary from an airline and a hotel reservation. Business visas require an invitation from the company being visited and a company letter stating the trip’s purpose. Work visas require an employment authorization hand delivered by the Algerian Ministry of Labor. Family guest visit visas require a notarized invitation letter from host in Algeria. Enclose a SASE for return of passport by registered, certified or express mail. Visas valid for 45 days from date of issuance. For currency regulations and other information, contact the Consular Section of the Embassy of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, 2118 Kalorama Rd., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/265-2800). Internet: www.algeria-us.org ANDORRA - (See France.) For more information, consult the Embassy of the Principality of Andorra to the United States, Two United Nations, 27th Floor, New York, NY 10017 (212/750-8064). Internet: www.andorra.ad ANGOLA - *Passport, visa, and International Certificate of Vaccination required. Certificate must show inoculations against yellow fever. Failure to do so may result in involuntary vaccinations and/or fines. Tourist visas require 2 application forms, Passport with validity of six months remaining, 1 recent photo with name on back, letter stating purpose of travel, letter of invitation sent by the individual or institution to be contacted in Angola, photocopy of a roundtrip ticket or travel itinerary, roof of sufficient funds ($100 per day – bank statement or letter from employer will suffice), and $110 fee (certified check or money order only). Visa valid for stays up to 90 days. HIV test required for all foreigners applying for work visas and resident permits. The Consular Office of the Embassy of Angola has the right to request additional information, if necessary. For additional information, contact the Embassy of Angola, 2100 16th St., NW, Washington, DC 20009 (202/452-1042/3). Internet:www.angola.org ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA -Passport with minimum validity of six months required for air travel. For sea travel proof of U.S. citizenship such as certified birth certificate along with picture ID required. Return/onward ticket and proof of funds required for tourist stay of up to 6 months. Visa requires completed application, two black and white photos (2 ½” x 2), $50 visa fee (money order) required for single entry and $75 for multiple entry. For information regarding vaccinations and health contact the Embassy of Antigua and Barbuda, 3216 New Mexico Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016 (202/362-5122/5166/5211) for more information. ARGENTINA - *Passport required. Visa not required for business/tourist stay of up to 90 days. For longer stays visa requires passport (must be valid for at least 6 months from date of entry and must have at least one blank page), application form, 1 photo, evidence of sufficient funds, and return/onward ticket. For more details concerning longer stays, employment, or other types of visas contact the Consular Section of the Argentine Embassy, 1811 Q St., NW, Washington, DC 20009 (202/238-6460) or the nearest Consulate: CA (213/954-9155), FL (305/373-1889), GA (404/880-0805, IL (312/819-2610), NY (212/603-0400) or TX (713/871-8935). Internet: www.embassyofargentina.us. ARMENIA - *Passport (with minimum validity of 6 months) and visa required. If stay will not exceed 3 days, apply for a transit visa; fee is $23 for single entry and $43 for multiple-entry. For stays of up to 120 days fee is$61 for single entry, and $192 for multiple-entry. No fee for children under 18 years of age. Submit passport, 1 visa application and1 color photo. If applying by mail, enclose a SASE or prepaid air bill indicating type of mail service (i.e., Federal Express, etc.), and money order or certified check in the appropriate amount, payable to the Embassy of Armenia. For more information, contact the Consular Section of the Embassy of The Republic of Armenia, 2225 R St., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/319-2983), or the Consulate General in Beverly Hills, CA (310/657-6102). Internet: www.armeniaemb.org ARUBA - Passport or proof of U.S. citizenship (original official birth or naturalization certificate and photo ID) required. Visa not required for tourist/business visit of up to 90 days. Proof of onward/return ticket or sufficient funds for stay may be required. Airport facility charge is $32, paid upon departure. Fee is included in tickets purchased in the U.S. HIV test required for intending immigrants. For more information, consult the Royal Netherlands Embassy (202/244-5300), or nearest Consulate General: CA (310/266-1598), FL (786/866-0480), IL (312/856-0110) or NY (212/246-1429). Internet:www.netherlands-embassy.org AUSTRALIA - *Passport, Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or non-electronic label visa, proof of onward or return ticket, and sufficient funds are required. An ETA (non-electronic label visa) is required for tourist or business stays of up to 3 months with multiple entries. An ETA is an electronically stored authority to travel to Australia and can be obtained online at www.ETA.immi.gov.au or through participating travel agencies or airlines. Minors not accompanied by a parent or traveling with only one parent need notarized written parental consent from the absent parent(s). More information about entry requirements to Australia (including for longer stays) is available on the Embassy of Australia’s web site at www.immi.gov.au. Alternatively, visa inquiries may be directed to the Australian Visa Information Service on toll-free 1-888-990-8888.

AUSTRIA - *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist stay of up to 90 days. (**The 90-day period begins when entering Schengen countries). For stay of up to six months visa requires 1 completed application form, a valid passport, 1 recent photo, onward/return ticket proof of sufficient funds and a notarized letter of invitation. Proof of travel/health/ accident insurance also required. Visa with maximum validity of six months will be issued free of charge for U.S. citizens only. More information about entry requirements to Austria (including for longer stays) is available on the Embassy of Austria’s web site at www.austria.org/. For additional information, contact the Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, Tel: (202) 895-6711.

AZERBAIJAN - *Passport and visa required. Visa requires original passport, 1 application form, 2 photos, confirmation from hotel or letter of invitation, and appropriate fee ($20 to $250, according to type and length of visa payable by money order or company check only). Transit and short stay single entry visas (7days) can be obtained at the visa section of the consular department in the airport upon arrival. All travelers staying more than 30 days must register their passports with the local passport-registration authorities. For additional information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan, 2741 34th St., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/337-3500). Internet: www.azembassy.com AZORES - (See Portugal.) BAHAMAS - *Valid U.S. Passport and onward/return ticket required for stay of up to 8 months. Proof of sufficient funds required. Passport and residence/work permit needed for residence and business. Permit required for firearms and to import pets. Departure is included in the price of plane ticket. For more information, call Embassy of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, 2220 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/319-2660) or nearest Consulate: Miami (305/373-6295) or New York (212/421-6420). Internet: www.bahamas.gov.bs. BAHRAIN - *Passport (minimum validity 6 months) and visa required. Single-entry visa, valid for two weeks can be obtained upon arrival; requires a passport, 1 application, 1 photo and $30 fee (money order only). Multi-entry tourist visa requires that the applicant submit a letter (for visa) or company letter on company letterhead (for business visa) guaranteeing full responsibility for all expenses, and stating a reason for visit and duration, 1 application form, 1 photo, and $50 fee. Transit visa available upon arrival at the airport is valid from three days to two weeks and require onward/return ticket. All application forms for minors must include letter of consent from both parents and a photocopy of their passports. A single parent needs a legal document showing proof of legal guardian status. Locally performed HIV test required for resident permit. Send SASE for return of passport by mail. For departure tax and other information, contact the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain, 3502 International Drive, NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/342-1111); or the Permanent Mission to the U.N., 866 Second Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10017 (212/223-6200). Internet: www.bahrainembassy.org or www.immigration.gov.bh BANGLADESH - *Passport, visa, and onward/return ticket required. Tourist/business visa requires 2 application forms, 3 photos (37mm x 37mm), and $100 fee (bank draft or money order). Tourist visa should also attach travel itinerary. Business visa requires letter of justification/financial guarantee from the employer. Student visa requires financial guarantee certificate and letter from educational institution. For more information, consult the Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, 3510 International Drive, NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/244-0183) or the Bangladesh Mission in New York at (212/867-3434). Internet: www.bangladoot.org BARBADOS - *Passport and proof of sufficient funds required. Passport must be valid beyond the duration of this visit to Barbados. Cruise passengers planning to disembark in Barbados must have a valid passport. (Tourist) visa not required for stays up to six months. Departure tax of US $30 ($60 BDS) is included in airfare. Visa requires 2 completed visa application forms, 2 passport sized photos accompanied by a valid passport. A $50 fee is required for single entry and $60 for multiple-entry (cash or money order only). Single-/Multiple-entry visas valid for 3 months from date issued. Employment requires work permit and letter from host or company in Barbados. For more information, contact the Embassy of Barbados, 2144 Wyoming Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, telephone (202) 939-9200, fax (202) 332-7467, e-mail: [email protected] or [email protected] or the consulates of Barbados, 800 Second Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10017, telephone (212) 867-8435, Fax (212) 986-1030, e-mail: [email protected]; Barbados Tourism Authority, 3440 Wiltshire Blvd. Suite 1207, Los Angeles, California 90010, telephone (213) 380-2198, Fax (213) 384-2763, e-mail: [email protected] BELARUS - *Passport and visa required.Business visa requires 1 application form, 1 photo, and letter of invitation from a Belarusian organization, company or agency.Visitor visa requires 1 application form, 1 photo, and original invitation from a Belarus citizen.Tourist visa (for stay of up to 30 days) requires 1 application form, 1 photo, and original tourist voucher from travel agency in Belarus.Transit visa is required when traveling through Belarus.The visa processing fee for single-entry visas is $100 for 5 working days, and $180 for next day processing.The visa processing fee for single-entry tourist visa is $50 for 5 business days and $90 for the next business day.Fees must be paid by money order or cashier’s check only.If applying by mail, enclose SASE or prepaid air bill.For additional information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus, 1619 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20009 (202/986-1606), Consulate General, 708 3rd Ave., 21st Floor, New York, NY 10017 (212/682-5392).Internet:www.belarusembassy.org or http://www.belarusconsul.org. BELGIUM - *Passport required. Visa not required for business/tourist stay of up to 90 days. (**The 90-day period begins when entering Schengen countries). Onward/return ticket and proof of sufficient funds required. Visa and temporary residence permit required for longer stays, study, or work. Proof of travel/accident insurance required. Travelers who apply for visas at the Embassy of Belgium in Washington, D.C. will be photographed and fingerprinted. Visa application fee is $84 for short term visas and $126 for long-term visas. You may not apply for a visa by mail at the Washington, DC embassy. For residence authorization, consult the Embassy of Belgium, 3330 Garfield St., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/625-5854), or nearest Consulate General: Los Angeles (323/857-1244), Atlanta (404/659-2150), or New York (212/586-5110). Internet: www.diplobel.us BELIZE - *Passport, return/onward ticket and sufficient funds (at least $60 per night) required. Visa not required for stay of up to 30 days. If visit exceeds 1 month, obtain a stay permit from the Immigration Authorities in Belize. Single-entry visa, valid up to 90 days, requires $50 (include $10 for shipping payable by money order or bank draft). Visa requires 1 application form and 1 passport sized photo. HIV test required for those seeking residency; U.S. test accepted if within 3 months of visit. For more information, contact the Embassy of Belize, 2535 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/332-9636) or the Belize Mission in New York at (212/599-0233). Internet: www.embassyofbelize.org BENIN - *Passport with minimum validity of six months and visa required. Visa for stay of up to 36 months, requires $100 fee (certified check or money order only), 1 application form, 1 passport size photo, proof of yellow fever vaccination, proof of return/onward transportation, guarantee from employer, travel agency, or letter of guarantee from bank. Send SASE for return of passport by certified or express mail. Apply at Embassy of the Republic of Benin, 2124 Kalorama Road, NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/232-6656/7/8). BERMUDA - Passport (or proof of U.S. citizenship with photo ID) and onward/return ticket required for tourist stay of up to 3 months. Departure tax of $10 is paid at airport. For more information, consult the British Embassy (202/588-7800). Internet: http://www.immigration.gov.bm BHUTAN - *Passport and visa required. Independent travel is not permitted in Bhutan. Visitors are required to book travel through a registered tour operator in Bhutan. This may be done directly or through a travel agent abroad. Entry is available only via India, Bangladesh, Burma, Nepal, and Thailand. The border with China is closed. The minimum daily tariff is set by the Bhutanese Department of Tourism and cannot be negotiated. The rate includes all accommodations, all meals, transportation, services of licensed guides and porters, and cultural programs where and when available. For specific requirements, consult the Bhutan Mission to the U.N., 2 United Nations Plaza, 27th Floor, New York, NY 10017 (212/826-1919) or the Bhutan Travel Service, 120 E 56th St., Suite 1130, New York, NY 10022 (1-800/950-9908 or 212/838-6382). BOLIVIA - * Valid passport required for entry and departure. Visa not required for tourist stay of up to 30 days (can be extended up to 90 days upon application to the Bolivian immigration authorities). Visitors for other purposes must obtain a visa in advance. Tourist cards issued upon arrival in Bolivia. A “Defined Purpose Visa” for adoptions, business, or other travel requires 1 application form, 1 photo, and $85 fee. Business travelers must include a company letter explaining purpose of trip. Send SASE for return of passport by mail. HIV test required for intending immigrants. For more information, contact the Consular Section of the Embassy of Bolivia, 1819 H St., NW, Suite 240, Washington, DC 20006 (202/232-4827/28), or the Consulate General 9100 S. Dadeland Blvd., Suite 406, One Darlon Center, Miami, FL 33156 (305/670-0709). Internet: www.bolivia-usa.org BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist stays of up to 3 months. All persons entering Bosnia and Herzegovina through an international airport are now required to submit a landing card.All foreigners, except those staying at a hotel, must register with the local police within 48 hours of arrival. For more information, contact the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2109 E. Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20037, telephone 202-337-1500 extension 249 or 224. Email inquiries should be sent to [email protected]. Internet: www.Bhembassy.org BOTSWANA - *Passport, onward/return ticket, and proof of sufficient funds required. Visa not required for stays up to 90 days. For longer stays visa requires 2 application forms, valid passport (minimum of six months validity), two passports sized photos, and $107 fee (money order). Include SASE for return of passport by mail. For more information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Botswana, 1531 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036 (202/244-4990) or nearest Honorary Consulate: Los Angeles (213/626-8484) or Houston (713/680-1155). Internet: www.botswanaembassy.org BRAZIL - *Passport with minimum validity of six months and visa required. With the exception of residents of the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia; visa applications must be submitted in person. Visas are valid for multiple entries for a period determined by the consular officer ranging from 30 days to 5 years. First entry into Brazil must be within 90 days of visa issuance. Visa requires 1 application form, 1 passport size photo, and proof of onward/return transportation. Travelers who have recently visited certain countries, including most other Latin American countries (check with the Brazilian Embassy) may be required to present an inoculation card indicating they had a yellow fever immunization. Children ages 3 months to 6 years require an international polio vaccination certificate. Minors under the age of 18, if not traveling with both parents, must provide notarized letter of consent signed by the non-accompanying parent(s) or guardian authorizing the consulate to issue a visa. There is a processing fee of $100 for tourists. Additional $10 fee for applications sent by mail, or by anyone other than applicant. Provide SASE for return of passport by mail. For information about traveling with [Brazilian] minors or other types of visas, contact the Brazilian Embassy (Consular Section), 3009 Whitehaven St. NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/238-2828) or nearest Consulate: CA (323-651-2664 or 415-981-8170), FL (305-285-6200), IL (312-464-0244), MA (617-542-4000), NY (917-777-7777) or TX (713-961-3063). Internet: www.brasilemb.org BRUNEI DARUSSALAM - Passport with minimum validity of six months and onward/return ticket required. Visa not required for tourist/business stay of up to 90 days.Diplomatic and official passport holders are required to apply for visas. Visa and employment pass should be obtained prior to entry for employment. Spouses and children (of employment pass holders) under 18 years of age should obtain dependent passes. HIV test required for work permits; tests taken in the U.S. are not accepted. For more information, contact the Embassy of Brunei Darussalam, 3520 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/237-1838) or Brunei Darussalam Permanent Mission to the U.N., 711 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017 (212/697-3465). Internet: http://www.bruneiembassy.org BULGARIA - *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist stays of up to 90 days. American citizen tourists may remain in Bulgaria for up to 90 days during any six-month period from the date of the first entry. All visitors must be able to, upon request, show proof of valid medical insurance covering the duration of their stay. For stays longer than 90 days or for those traveling on diplomatic or official passports, a visa is required and must be obtained in advance. Visa is free of charge for those traveling on diplomatic or official passports and U.S. citizens with regular passports must pay a $25 processing fee. HIV test required for all intending immigrants and may be required for foreigners staying longer than 1 month for purposes of study or work; U.S. test is accepted. For more information, contact the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria, 1621 22nd St., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/387-7969 or 387-0174), the Bulgarian Consulate in New York at (212/935-4646), the Consulate General of Bulgaria in Chicago at (312/867 1904), or Consulate General of Bulgaria in Los Angeles (310/478 6700). Internet: www.bulgaria-embassy.org BURKINA FASO - *Passport and visa required. Multiple entry visa valid for 5 years requires $100 fee, 2 application forms, and 2 photos. Proof of yellow fever immunization needed and cholera vaccination recommended. Send SASE for return of your passport. For more information, call the Embassy of Burkina Faso, 2340 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/332-5577) or Honorary Consulate in Los Angeles, CA (213/575-5567) or New Orleans, LA (504/284-6351). BURMA (Myanmar) - *Passport and visa required. Single entry tourist visa (valid for 3 months), for stays up to 28 days, requires $20 fee, 2 application forms, 3 photos, and itinerary. Tourist visas are issued for package or group tours as well as Foreign Independent Travelers. Enclose SASE for return of passport by express mail. Allow up to 5 working days for normal processing. Overland travel into and out of Myanmar is only permitted at certain points (check with Embassy). For business visas and additional information, contact the Embassy of the Union of Myanmar, 2300 S St., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/332-3344,4350 or 4352) or the Myanmar Consulate General Office, 10 East 77th St., New York, NY 10021 (212/744-1271/75/79). Internet: www.mewashingtondc.com BURUNDI - *Passport and visa required. Visa requires $80 fee, 3 application forms, 3 photos, letter of invitation, proof of hotel reservation and onward/return ticket, or, for business travel, a letter from government/company. Proof of required yellow fever immunization and vaccination required. Send SASE for return of passport by certified or express mail. For more information, consult the Embassy of the Republic of Burundi, Suite 212, 2233 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20007 (202/342-2574) or Permanent Mission of Burundi to the U.N. (212/499-0001 thru 0006). CAMBODIA - *Passport and visa required. Visa requires 1 visa application, 1 current passport sized photo, passport with minimum validity of 3 months, $20 consular fee for tourist visa; $25 for business visa. Enclose SASE for return of your passport. Tourist visa valid 3 months from issue date; good for single entry duration of 30 days. Tourist visa may be extended for maximum period of 1 month. For specific requirements, consult the Royal Embassy of Cambodia, 4500 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20011 (202/726-7742). Internet: www.embassyofcambodia.org. CAMEROON - *Passport and visa required. Obtain visa before arrival. Visa requires passport with minimum validity of six months, two application forms and two passport-sized photos. Yellow fever and cholera immunizations are required. Onward/return tickets, and proof of sufficient funds also required. For business visa, verification letter from company required. Visa fee $98 for up to 90 days, $196 for up to 6 months, and $294 for up to one year. For additional information, consult the Embassy of the Republic of Cameroon, 2349 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/265-8790 to 8794). CANADA – Passport or proof of U.S. citizenship such as a birth certificate, naturalization certificate, and photo ID required. Minors (under 16) traveling alone or in someone else’s custody must present written authorization, signed before a notary, from the parent(s) or guardian. Visas are not required. Canadian immigration officials at ports of entry will issue persons planning to stay longer than 180 days a visitor’s record. Anyone with a criminal record (including a DWI charge) should contact the Canadian Embassy or nearest Consulate General before travel. U.S. citizens entering Canada from a third country must have a valid passport. HIV testing required for resident applicants who are over 15. A temporary resident applicant requires immigration medical examination if stay exceeds 6 months or seeking to work in Canada. For student or business travel, check with the Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001 (202/682-1740) or the nearest Consulate General: CA (213/346-2701), MI (313/567-2085), NY (212/596-1700 or 716/858-9501), or WA (206/443-1375). Internet: www.canadianembassy.org CAPE VERDE - *Passport and visa required. Visa requires 1 completed application form, passport (minimum validity of 6 months) and 1 passport sized photo. Visa fee is $40. For more information, consult the Embassy of the Republic of Cape Verde, 3415 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20007 (202/965-6820) Internet: www.virtualcapeverde.net or Consulate General, 535 Boylston St., 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02116 (617/353-0014 extension 0). CAYMAN ISLANDS - (See West Indies, British.) CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - *Passport and visa required. Multiple entry visas require 2 application forms, valid passport, two recent photos, letter of confirmation from employer, $150 fee, and onward/return ticket. Yellow fever immunization required. Medical report, including HIV test, required for study, residency, and work permits: U.S. test accepted. If applying by mail, enclose SASE for the return of your passport. For specific requirements, consult the Embassy of Central African Republic, 1618 22nd St., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/483-7800/7801). CHAD - *Passport and visa required. Visa requires 3 application forms, 3 photos, letter from employer (business visa), and onward/return ticket (tourist visa). You must clearly indicate your date of departure from the U.S. to Chad. Visitors must check in with the National Police and obtain a registration stamp within 72 hours of arrival. Visa fee is $100 for 1 month; $150 for 3-month multiple entry; and $200 for 6-month multiple entry. Fees payable by money order to the Embassy of Chad. For more information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Chad, 2002 R St., NW, Washington, DC 20009 (202/462-4009). Internet: www.chadembassy.org CHILE - *Passport with a minimum validity of six months required. Visa not required for stay of up to 90 days. Entry fee of $100 (U.S.) charged at airport. For longer stays, visa requires passport (valid for six months), certificate of good health, FBI Background check, proof of sufficient funds, and 4 recent passport sized photos. Visa fee (student/ temporary resident/work) is $100; Business and student visas valid 1 year and are renewable in Chile. Student visa requires enrollment certificate. Work visa requires contract approved by the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and letter of previous employers. Work visa valid 2 years and is renewable in Chile. Exit Requirement: Dependent children under age 18 (including the children of divorced parents) who are traveling alone, with one parent, or in someone else’s custody, must present a notarized document certifying that both parents agree to their travel before the child will be allowed to exit Chile. This document must be notarized before a Chilean consular officer in the United States. For more information, consult the Embassy of Chile, 1732 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036 (202/530-4106) or nearest Consulate General: CA (323/933-3697 and 415/982-7662), FL (305/373-8623), IL (312/654-8780), PA (215/829-9520), NY (212/980-3366), TX (713/621-5853) or PR (787/725-6365). Internet: www.chile-usa.org CHINA, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF - *Passport and visa required. Due to tightened visa policy, travelers may be required to undergo a personal interview. Transit visa required for any stop (even if you do not exit the plane or train) in China. Business travelers are required to obtain formal invitation from their Chinese business contact. Tourist visas are issued only after receipt of a confirmation letter from a Chinese tour agency or letter of invitation from a relative in China. Single-entry visa requires $50 processing fee, double-entry visa fee $75 (no personal checks). A multiple-entry visa requires $100 for a 6-month visa, and $150 for a 12-24 month visa. 1 tourist visa application form, and 1 photo required. Allow at least 4 business days for processing. Visa valid 90 days from date of issue. If applicant is HIV positive, entry not permitted for any purpose. For more detailed information, contact the Visa Section of the Chinese Embassy, 2201 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20007 (202/338-6688) or nearest Consulate General: Chicago (312/573-3070), Houston (713/521-9859), Los Angeles (213/807-8006), New York (212/868-2078) or San Francisco (415/674-2940). Internet: www.china-embassy.org COLOMBIA - *Passport and proof of onward/return ticket required for tourist stay of up to 180 days. Upon arrival the Colombian Immigration authority stamps a stay authorization, normally no longer than 90 days (extendible up to 180 days). Minors (under 18) who are traveling alone, with one parent, or with a third party, must present a copy of their birth certificate and written authorization from the absent parent(s) or legal guardian, specifically granting permission to travel accordingly. This document must be notarized before a Colombian consular officer in the United States. Visa must be obtained before arrival for persons planning to do business, temporary work (consultant), and study. Student, tourist, and visitor visa fee not required for U.S citizens; authorization for stay is stamped upon arrival by Colombian Immigration Authority and free of charge. Likewise, student visa is also free for U.S. citizens. Work visa fee is $205. Processing time ranges from 48 hours to 2 weeks. For additional information, contact the Colombian Embassy, 2118 Leroy Place, NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/387-8338) or nearest Consulate General: CA (323/653-4299 or 415/495-7195), FL (305/448-5558 or 441-0437), GA (404/255-3038 or 256-2518), IL (312/923-1196), LA (504/525-5580 or 5582), MA (617/536-6222), NY (212/949-9898), or TX (713/527-8919). Internet: www.colombiaemb.org COMOROS ISLANDS - *Passport and onward/return ticket required. All travelers to Comoros are given a free, 24-hour transit visa upon entry. The following day, visitors are required to go to the immigration office in Moroni to change their visa status. A fee is charged, depending on length of stay. For specific requirements, consult the Federal and Islamic Republic of Comoros, 336 East 45th St., 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10017 (212/972-8010). CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE (Kinshasa) - *Passport and visa required. Evidence of yellow fever vaccination required for entry. Visas should be obtained from an Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa) prior to arrival. For specific requirements, consult the Embassy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1800 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20009 (202/234-7690/1) or Permanent Mission to the U.N., 747 Third Ave., New York, NY 10017. CONGO, REPUBLIC OF THE (Brazzaville) - *Passport and visa required. Evidence of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry. For specific requirements, consult the Embassy of the Republic of the Congo, 4891 Colorado Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20011 (202/726-5500). COOK ISLANDS - *Passport, proof of sufficient funds, and onward/return ticket required. Visa not needed for visit up to 31 days. For longer stays and additional information, contact the Consulate for the Cook Islands, Kamehameha Schools, #16, Kapalama Heights, Honolulu, HI 96817 (808/847-6377). COSTA RICA - *Passport (minimum validity 30 days) and onward/return ticket required. Length of stay can not be extended for tourism purposes. For stays exceeding 90 days, apply for an extension within the first week of visit with the Costa Rican Immigration Department after 90 days, obtain an exit visa. For more information, contact the Consular Section of the Embassy of Costa Rica, 2112 S St. NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/328-6628) or the nearest Consulate General: CA (213/380-7915), GA (770/951-7025), FL (305/871-7487), IL (312/263-2772), LA (504/581-6800), NY (212/509-3066) or TX (713/266-0484). Internet: costarica-embassy.org. CÔTE D’IVÓIRE (Ivory Coast) - *Passport required. U.S. citizens traveling to Côte D’Ivóire for business or tourism do not require visas for stays of up to 90 days. For longer stays, you may enter without a visa, but then must apply for an extension (“visa de sejour” or “carte de sejour”) within 90 days of arrival. “Visa de sejour” or “carte de sejour” are not issued to children under the age of 16; they are covered under their parents’. An international health certificate showing current yellow fever immunization is required for entry into Côte D’Ivóire. Without it, the traveler may have to be vaccinated at the airport health office before clearing immigration, costing about $10 at this time. For specific requirements, consult the Embassy of the Republic of Côte D’Ivóire, 2424 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/797-0300) or Honorary Consulate: CA (415/391-0176). CROATIA - *Passport and onward/return ticket required. Visa not required for tourist/business stay of up to 90 days. For stays over 90 days, a visa is required and should be obtained in advance. For additional information, consult the Embassy of Croatia, 2343 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/588-8933), or the nearest Consulate General in Chicago (312/482-9902), Los Angeles (310/477-1009) or New York (212/599-3066).
Internet:www.croatiaemb.org CUBA - *Passport and visa required. For specific requirements, consult the Cuban Interests Section, 2630 16th St., NW, Washington, DC 20009 (202/797-8518). HIV test required for those staying longer than 90 days. Attention: U.S. citizens need a U.S. Treasury Department license in order to engage in any transactions related to travel to and within Cuba (this includes the use of U.S. currency). Before planning any travel to Cuba, U.S. citizens should contact the Licensing Division, Office of Foreign Assets Control, U.S. Department of Treasury, (202/622-2480) or on the Internet at www.treas.gov/ofac CURAÇAO - (See Netherlands Antilles.) CYPRUS - *Passport and round-trip ticket required. Visa not required for tourist/business stay of up to 3 months. For employment and other travel, work permit required and must be obtained in advance. HIV, hepatitis B, syphilis, and tuberculosis tests (part of a medical examination) required for work or study permits. For additional information, consult Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus, 2211 R St., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/462-5772) or the Consulate General in New York (212/686-6016) or the nearest Honorary Consulate: AR (602/264-9701), CA (310/397-0771), GA (770/941-3760), IL (847/698-5500), LA (504/568-9300), MA (617/497-0219), MI (313/582-1411), NC (910/353-2115 ext. 1389), OR (503/248-0500), PA (215/728-6980), TX (713/465-2091), VA (757/481-3583), or WA (425/827-1700). CZECH REPUBLIC - *Passport required. Visa not required for business and tourist stay of up to 90 days. The requisite visas for employment and extended stays, should be obtained before travel. Must provide proof of sufficient funds and health insurance coverage. If not staying at hotel, motel, hostel, etc. registration at the local police station is required within 3 business days after arrival. For specific requirements, consult the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/274-9123) or the nearest Consulate General: Los Angeles, CA (310/473-0889) or New York, NY (212/717- 5643). Internet: www.mzv.cz/washington DENMARK (including GREENLAND) - *Passport required.Visa not required for a stay of up to 90 days.(**90-day period begins when entering Schengen countries).Passport must be valid for three months beyond the last day of your stay in the Schengen countries.For longer stays visa requires 1 application form, 1 supplementary information form, 2 recent photos, letter of invitation, proof of sufficient funds, proof of accommodation, onward/return ticket, and valid travel insurance.Minors must present written consent of the parent(s) or guardian(s) having custody of the child.Visa fee $75; $15 fee will be charged if passport is mailed back to you.Special rules apply for entry into the U.S.-operated defense area in Greenland.For additional information, contact the Royal Danish Embassy, 3200 Whitehaven St., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/234-4300) or Consulate General, New York (212/223-4545).Internet: www.denmark.org DJIBOUTI - *Passport and visa required. Visas must be obtained prior to arrival. Proof of yellow fever immunization also required. For specific requirements, consult the Embassy of the Republic of Djibouti, 1156 15th St., NW, Suite 515, Washington, DC 20005 (202/331-0270) or the Djibouti Mission to the U.N., 866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 4011, New York, NY 10017 (212/753-3163). DOMINICA, THE COMMONWEALTH OF - Valid passport is strongly recommended, but tourists may enter with proof of citizenship such as a certified birth certificate (with raised seal), naturalization certificate and photo ID.Onward/return ticket confirmation of hotel reservation, and another form of picture ID are also required.U.S. Citizens traveling by air must present a valid passport when entering or re-entering the United States. Persons who choose to travel with documentation other than a passport may be refused boarding on connecting flights into the Commonwealth of Dominica or within the Caribbean.For more information, contact the Embassy of the Commonwealth of Dominica, 3216 New Mexico Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016 (202/364-6781) or the Consulate of Commonwealth of Dominica at 800 Second Avenue, Suite 400H, New York, NY 10017 (202/599-8478). DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Passport is strongly recommended, but tourists may enter with birth certificate and photo ID. A tourist card is required, and can be purchased for $10 at consulate or Dominican airports at entry points. Tourist card permits a legal stay of up to 60 days. For longer stays an extension must be requested at the Migration Department in Santo Domingo. Minors, under 18 years of age, traveling alone, with only one parent, or a third party must present written authorization by the absent parent(s) or legal guardian. This authorization must be notarized at a Dominican Consulate. HIV test required for residence permit. U.S. test not accepted. For specific requirements, consult the Embassy of the Dominican Republic, 1715 22nd St., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/332-6280) or nearest Consulate General: AL (334/342-5648), CA (510/864-7777), FL (305/375-9537 or 904/346-0909), HI (808/396-5702), GA (404/572-4814), IL (847/441-1831), LA (504/522-1843), MD (410/560-2101), MA (617/482-8121), MI (248/559-0684), MN (612/339-7566), NY (212/768-2480), PA (215/923-3006), PR (787/833-4756 or 725-9550), or TX (713/266-0165 or 512/224-1345). Internet: www.domrep.org EAST TIMOR - *Passport required. Upon arrival, visa will need to be obtained for a fee. Visa is valid for 30 days, renewable in 30-day increments with additional fee. No other information was available at the time this publication went to press. Internet: www.usembassyjakarta.org/consular/dili.html. ECUADOR(including the Galapagos Islands) - *Passport with minimum validity of six months required.Visa not required for a stay of up to 90 days.For more information, contact the Embassy of Ecuador, 2535 15th St., NW, Washington, DC 20009 (202/234-7166/3497) (Fax 202/667-35482) or nearest Consulate General: CA (323/658-5146/1068), FL (305/ 539-8214/15), IL (312/338-1002/03), NJ (973/344-6900/8837), NY (212/808-0170), TX (713/572-8731) or visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Website: www.mmrree.gov.ec. EGYPT - *Passport and visa required. Visas may be obtained upon entry from the Entry Visa Department at the Travel Documents, Immigration and Nationality Administration or most major ports of entry. Entry visa is required for any foreigner arriving in Egypt for purposes other than tourism (e.g. work, study). Tourist visas (single-/multiple-entry) are valid for 90 days. HIV test required for study and work permits. Dependents are no longer exempt—spouses must also get tested, as well as any children aged 15 or older. Students are exempt from visa fees. For specific requirements, consult the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt, 3521 International Court, NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/895-5400) or the nearest Consulate General: CA (415/346-9700), IL (312/828-9162), NY (212/759-7120), or TX (713/961-4915). Internet:www.mfa.gov.eg or www.egyptembassy.us EL SALVADOR - *Passport and single-entry tourist card are required. The tourist card may be obtained from immigration officials for a $10 fee upon arrival in country. An exit tax of $27.15 must be paid, either in Salvadoran colones or U.S. dollars. HIV test required for multiple-entry visas and residency permits; U.S. test not accepted. For more information, consult the Embassy of El Salvador, 1724 20th St NW, Suite 1007, 20036 (202/331-4032) or the nearest Consulate: CA (213/383-5776, 415/781-7924 or 714/542-3250), FL (305/371-8850), LA (504/522-4266), MA (617/577-9111), NY (212/889-3608) or TX (713/270-6239 or 214/637-1018). Internet: www.elsalvador.org ENGLAND - (See United Kingdom.) EQUATORIAL GUINEA - *Passport and yellow fever vaccination required. Visa not required for stay of up to 90 days. For longer stays, permit must be obtained from the National Police Bureau and you must show proof of sufficient funds. No visa fee required for U.S. citizens. Visa requires photocopy of valid U.S. passport (showing name, birth date, passport number and expiration date), 2 application forms, 2 passport photos, and proof of sufficient funds (at least $2000). Business visa requires letter from employer explaining purpose of trip and a financial statement confirming minimum amount of $2,000 to cover expenses of your stay. For more details, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, 2020 16th St., NW, Washington DC 20009 (202/518-5700). ERITREA - *Passport, proof of onward/return ticket, and visa required; visas are not available at the airport. Tourist visa requires 1 application, 1 photo, $25 fee (no personal checks), and proof of sufficient funds. Business visa requires company letter stating purpose of travel. Exit visa not required as long as they do not stay beyond their visa expiration date. All long-term residents, regardless of their citizenship, must obtain an exit visa before departure. There is an airport departure tax. Allow 3 working days for processing. May be subject to HIV testing upon arrival. Include SASE for return of passport by mail. Exit tax must be paid before leaving Eritrea. For more information, contact the Embassy of Eritrea, 1708 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20009, (202/319-1991). ESTONIA - *Passport required. Visas are not required for stays of up to 90 days. Longer stays require a residency permit. Visa requires 1 application form, passport (with minimum validity of 3 months), 1 recent color passport sized photo, valid health insurance policy, documentation confirming reason for visit, and proof of sufficient funds. Visa fee $25 for single entry up to 30 days; $44 single/multiple entry up to 90 days; $31 multiple entry up to 30 days; $61 for multiple entry visa valid for 1 year. Receipt reflecting payment of visa fee is required to obtain visa. For more information, contact the Estonian Embassy, temporarily located at 1730 M St., NW, Suite 503, Washington, DC 20036, (202/588-0101) or the Consulate General of Estonia, 600 Third Ave., 26th Floor, New York, NY 10016 (212/883-0636). Internet: www.nyc.estemb.org ETHIOPIA - *Passport and visa required. Visa requires a valid passport, 1 recent color passport sized photo, and 3 application forms. Business visa requires letter from organization or company. Visa fee (business/tourist); $70 for multiple-entry, valid for 2 years. Yellow fever immunization is recommended. Passengers in transit through Ethiopia holding confirmed onward bookings within 72 hours can obtain transit visas; $40 fee (single entry). Upon arrival at airport, you must declare any foreign currency to customs authority. Exit visas are required of all visitors remaining in Ethiopia for more than 30 days. To get back to your passport, include SASE. For more information, contact the Embassy of Ethiopia, 3506 International Dr., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/364-1200). Internet: www.ethiopianembassy.org FIJI - *Passport with minimum validity of 3 months remaining, proof of sufficient funds, and onward/return ticket required. Visa not required for stay of up to 4 months. All visitors over age 12 are required to pay a $25 departure tax in Fijian currency. HIV testing required for stays exceeding 6 months. For more information, contact the Embassy of the Republic of the Fiji Islands, 2233 Wisconsin Ave., NW, #240, Washington, DC 20007 (202/337-8320). Internet: www.fijiembassy.org FINLAND - *Passport required.Tourist/business visa not required for stay of up to 90 days.(**The 90-day period begins when entering Schengen countries).For longer stays (e.g., employment, studies) residence/work permits are required.Visa requires 1 application form, 1 passport sized photo, an invitation letter and proof of hotel reservation.Onward/return ticket and proof of sufficient funds also required.Visitors must also have valid travelers or medical insurance, which is valid during the whole stay.For information more information and visa fees contact the Embassy of Finland, 3301 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/298-5800), or nearest Consulate General: Los Angeles (310/203-9903) or New York (212/750-4400).Internet: www.finland.org FRANCE - *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist/business stay of up to 90 days in France, Andorra, Monaco, and Corsica, and 1 month in French Polynesia. (**90-day period begins when entering Schengen countries). Stays exceeding 90 days require a visa. Visa requires passport (3 months validity after departure), 4 long-stay visa applications, 5 recent passport sized photos, 3 copies proof of sufficient funds, proof of valid medical insurance, 3 copies police clearance (obtained from police department in U.S.), and letter certifying that no paid activity will occur. For more information, contact the Consulate General of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd., NW, Washington, DC 20007 (202/944-6200) or the nearest Consulate: CA (310/235-3200) or (415/397-4330), FL (305/372-9799), GA (404/495-1660), IL (312/787-5359), LA (504/523-5772), MA (617/542-7374), NY (212/606-3644) or TX (713/572-2799). Internet: www.info-france-usa.org FRENCH GUIANA - *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist/business stay of up to 90 days. Stays exceeding 90 days require a visa. Visa requires passport (3 months validity after departure), 4 long-stay visa applications, 5 recent passport sized photos, proof of sufficient funds (3 copies), proof of valid medical insurance, 3 copies police clearance (obtained from police department in U.S.), and letter certifying that no paid activity will occur. For additional information, contact the Consulate General of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd., NW, Washington, DC 20007 (202/944-6200). Internet: www.info-france-usa.org FRENCH POLYNESIA - (includes Society Islands, French Southern and Antarctic Lands, Tuamotu, Gambier, French Austral, Marquesas, Kerguelen, Crozet, New Caledonia, Tahiti, Wallis and Furtuna Islands.) *Passport required. Visa not required for visit, of up to 1 month. However, or stays between 1 and 3 months, visa is required. Visa requires 1 application for short stay visa, valid passport and photocopy, onward/return ticket, proof of accommodation, proof of valid health/accident insurance and 1 copy proof of sufficient funds (last 2 bank statements and 1 copy), and appropriate fee. Business travelers require a letter from employer guaranteeing travel expenses. Minors traveling alone must have notarized parental authorization signed by both parents or by non-accompanying parent. For additional information, contact the Consulate General of France (202/944-6200). Internet: www.info-france-usa.org GABON - *Passport and visa required. For a stay of up to 4 months, submit 2 application forms, 2 photos, vaccination certificate for yellow fever, a letter from sponsor or hotel in Gabon, and pay a $100 fee. Business visas also require a company letter. For more information call the Embassy of the Gabonese Republic, 2034 20th St., Washington, DC 20009 (202/797-1000 or 1021) or the Permanent Mission of the Gabonese Republic to the UN, 18 East 41st St., 6th Floor, New York, NY 10017 (212/686-9720). GALAPAGOS ISLANDS - (See Ecuador.) GAMBIA, THE - *Passport, visa, and proof of yellow fever vaccination required. To obtain a tourist/business visa for a stay of up to 1 year, submit a valid passport, 1 application, 2 photos, and pay a $75 fee (money order only). For a business visa, include a company letter stating purpose of visit and itinerary. Allow at least 2 weeks for processing. Include prepaid envelope for return of passport by mail. Apply at the Embassy of the Gambia, 1155 15th St., NW, Suite 905, Washington, DC 20005 (202/785-1399) or at the Permanent Mission of The Gambia to the UN, 820 2nd Ave., 9th floor, New York, NY 10017 (212/949-6640). Internet: www.gambiaembassy.us. GEORGIA - *A passport is required.U.S. citizens visiting for 90 days or less do not need a visa to enter Georgia.Armenian and Azerbaijani visas are no longer valid for transit through Georgia.For further information, please contact the Embassy of Georgia at 2209 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC, 20008, tel. (202) 387-2390, fax: (202) 393-0864.Internet: www.georgiaemb.org GERMANY - *Passport required (must not expire before end of trip). Tourist/business visa not required for stay of up to 90 days. (The**90-day period begins when entering Schengen countries.) For longer stays, obtain temporary residence permit upon arrival. Applicants for residence permits staying over 90 days may be asked to undergo a medical examination. Every foreign national entering Germany is required to provide proof of sufficient health insurance and funds. For more information, contact the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, 4645 Reservoir Rd., NW, Washington, DC 20007 (202/298-4393) or nearest Consulate General: CA (323/930-2703/09 or 415/775-1061), FL (305/358-0290/91), GA (404/659-4760), IL (312/580-1199), MA (617/536-4414), NY (212/610-9700) or TX (713/627-7770). Internet: www.germany-info.org. GHANA - *Passport and visa required. Proof of yellow fever vaccination required. Tourist visa required for stay of up to 30 days (extendible). Visa requires 4 application forms, 4 recent photos (taken not more 3 months before date of application), proof of sufficient funds, onward/return ticket, and appropriate fee (singe-entry $50; single-express $80; multiple-entry $80; multiple-express $110). For additional information, contact the Embassy of Ghana, 3512 International Drive, NW, Washington, DC 20008 (202/686-4520) or New York Consulate, 19 East 47th St., New York, NY 10017 (212/832-1300). Internet: www.ghana-embassy.org e-mail: [email protected] Honorary Consulate, 3434 Lane, Houston, TX (713/960-8806) Fax (713/960-8833). GIBRALTAR - *Passport required. Visa not required for tourist stay of up to 90 days. For more information, consult the British Embassy (202/588-7800). Internet:www.britainusa.com GILBERT ISLANDS - (See Kiribati.) GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND - (See United Kingdom.) GREECE - *Passport required.Visa not required for tourist/business stay of up to 90 days.(**The 90-day period begins when entering Schengen countries).Visa is required for longer stays.Submit a passport with minimum validity of 3 months, 1 color photo, bank and credit card statements for the last 3 months, W-2 forms for the last 2 years, official itinerary and proof of hotel reservation, proof of health insurance, and reference letter from employer.For additional information, contact the Consular Section of the Embassy of Greece, 2217 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington D.C. 20008 (202-939-1306) or nearest Greek Consulate: CA (310/826-5555 OR 415/775-2102/4) GA (404/261-3313), IL (312/335-3915 or 17), LA